Crossing Ventura.


Sometime in late 2018, early 2019, I’m not sure exactly when, they created a pedestrian crosswalk, with flashing lights, across Ventura Boulevard. at Ventura Canyon Avenue.  The crossing is about a block east of Woodman and a few doors down from Yok Ramen at 13608 Ventura where I go about once a week. This is in…

The Perfect House


Kay, Me and Larry, Woodland Hills, CA/ Feb 1993. In early 1993, I was visiting Larry and Kay, who lived in a beautiful home in Woodland Hills, south of Ventura, of course. They were around the corner from the last large orange grove in the San Fernando Valley. They were Hollywood people, who had moved out…

A Twelve-Acre Parking Lot


Erwin at Sepulveda, Metro Orange Line Parking Lot. When the Metro Orange Line opened in October 2005, it was a stunningly different type of transport system which combined a bus only road with a landscaped bike path that ran alongside. It cost about $325 million. It connected North Hollywood with Woodland Hills, and eventually carried…

“Once on a High and Windy Hill….”


Over the weekend, I was invited to a wake held in a family home somewhere up high in the hills of Sherman Oaks.  The house was set at the end of an ascending private driveway. But it was not an exclusive house, the intimidating kind we imagine these days. I saw no cameras or threatening…

Incident at The Sad Ralph’s


The Sad Ralph’s is the Ralph’s at Burbank and Van Nuys Boulevard. It is the one closest to my house and the one I almost never go to. It is too sad there. The people who shop here are the heart and soul of the in-between land of Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys, a place…

John Lautner in Sherman Oaks (1950)


  Residence of Louise Foster 4235 Las Cruces Drive Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, 1950. Designed by John Lautner. Credit: USC Digital Archives. SaveSave